How You Can Help with Hurricane Relief Efforts

This post was created on August 29 to aid Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief efforts. It was modified on September 11, 2017 to include information for anyone seeking to support nonprofits in Florida involved in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, and again on October 2 for Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico.

Rescue operations are currently underway in Houston and surrounding areas as the unrelenting rain and rising floodwaters continue to threaten residents and communities across Southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana. Many of you have asked how we can aid these relief efforts and help the victims affected by the devastating floods.

When disaster strikes, it is a good idea to seek out information from the local community foundation regarding how you can best help with recovery efforts. Community foundations have deep community knowledge and a lasting commitment to community improvement.

In response to the overwhelming interest in supporting Houston's recovery efforts, Houston Mayor Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund with the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations. If you would like to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, please  click here for details.

As Harvey now heads towards Louisiana, the Mayor of New Orleans has activated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The fund will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

If you are looking for additional ways to help, here is a list of other local and national organizations that are accepting donations to aid victims and recovery efforts:

National Organizations

  • The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website, by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS, or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
  • Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or  texting STORM to 51555.
  • Council on Foundations Disaster Giving Resources, including a recording of an August 29 webinar hosted with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
  • One America Appeal is the effort of former Presidents to help our fellow citizens in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean as they recover and rebuild.

Local Organizations in Texas

Local Organizations in Florida

Organizations helping in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

  • Hispanics in Philanthropy,  Puerto Rico Community Foundation, and La Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico have set up a Hurricane Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, Cuba and Florida.
  • United For Puerto Rico is providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
  • The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is collecting donations to the Fund for the Virgin Islands to aid Hurricane Irma relief and recovery.

You may request a grant from your fund with The Community Foundation to support many of the organizations mentioned in this message, or to other qualifying nonprofits and public charities. Please log into your Donor Central account to submit your grant recommendations. If there are ways that you would like to offer support beyond what we have suggested, feel free to contact your donor services representative or any of our staff with your questions.